Why 1 Second Is 1 Second

By Nathaniel Scharping, blogs.discovermagazine.com View Original January 18th, 2018 Just what is a second, exactly? The question has been open to interpretation ever since the first long-case grandfather clocks began marking off seconds in the mid-17th century and introduced the concept to the world at large. The answer, simply, is that a second is 1/60th of […]

Washington lawmakers seek to increase nuclear attack preparations

For the first time in more than 30 years, emergency planning in Washington state could include preparations for potential nuclear attacks thanks to bipartisan bills entering both the House and Senate. In 1983, the Legislature voted to ban nuclear war preparations from emergency planning procedures. The prohibition specifically applies to planning for evacuation and relocation […]

Graphene Used to Create New Radiation Detector

Graphene is a remarkable material: light, strong, transparent and electrically conductive. It can also convert heat to electricity. Researchers have recently exploited this thermoelectric property to create a new kind of radiation detector. Classified as a bolometer, the new device has a fast response time and, unlike most other bolometers, works over a wide range […]

US, New Mexico ink $74 million in settlements over nuclear radiation leak

US, New Mexico ink $74 million in settlements over nuclear radiation leak Published January 22, 2016 by Associated Press New Mexico and the U.S. Department of Energy inked $74 million in settlements over dozens of permit violations stemming from a radiation leak that forced the closure of the nation’s only underground nuclear waste repository. The […]

January is Radon Month

January is Radon Action Month by Jon Kelvey Contact Reporter-Carroll County Times January is Radon Action Month, as promoted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, a campaign to encourage homeowners to take steps to ensure they are not being exposed to the radioactive gas, which can cause lung cancer. A test that is available at […]

Can we protect astronauts from radiation?

Can we protect astronauts from radiation? Magnetic force fields may be the secret to deep space exploration. Space travel comes with many risks, and as astronauts prepare for longer journeys deeper into our solar system, those risks will only grow. A European partnership seeks to mitigate one of the most harmful: cancer-causing radiation. The European […]

Atomic Bomb Measurement from Sea Turtle Shells

Atomic bomb radiation in sea turtles’ shells helps scientists figure out their age by Brett Smith The atomic bomb may be mankind’s worst-ever invention, but the instrument of destruction does have a tiny consolation for biologists: The bomb’s radiation offers is a trustworthy way to approximate the age, rate of growth, and reproductive maturity of […]

X-Rays may not cause cancer after-all

In recent years, there has been an overwhelming number of scientific studies claiming that, imaging techniques like X-rays and CT scans are carcinogenic. But such studies have serious flaws, including their reliance on an unproven statistical model, according to a recent research article co-written by Dr. James Welsh, a professor in the Department of Radiation […]

GM Radiation Detectors – Understanding how they work

The most popular form of radiation detector used is probably the Geiger-Mueller (GM) detector. A GM detector is typically the device seen being used on TV shows and movies when measuring radiation. The GM detector is the device which is making clicking noises which clicks faster and faster when it is exposed to increasingly greater […]

We need to think more about low level radiation

Radiation is all around us. It occurs naturally in our environment, coming to us from the sun, from the soil and foods that we eat and in the air that we breathe. It is omnipresent across a diverse cross section of industries. We tend to associate radiation with the nuclear industry, but we come across […]

Genetic Testing Reveals Rad Exposure

A team of scientists have found an accurate way to immediately identify long term radiation damage by examining blood-bound genes, allowing more accurate predictions of who can survive radiation exposure after a nuclear catastrophe or a dirty bomb. In previous nuclear incidents, such as the 1986 Chernobyl disaster in the USSR or the 2011 Fukushima […]

Increased Radiation Levels in WIPP Underground

Air sampling results from the underground of the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant have shown increased levels of radiation at Station A. Station A, which is located before WIPP’s high efficiency particulate air filter, recorded increased measurements for both alpha and beta radiation between April 21 and April 24. On April 23, the highest measurement of […]

Taiwan Enforces Stricter Food Imports from Japan

Taiwan on Friday began enforcing stricter rules on inspecting imported Japanese food products potentially originating in radiation-exposed areas, prompting a warning from Tokyo that it may call on the World Trade Organization for a ruling unless the restrictions are eased. The new rules will only allow foods with Japanese government-issued place of origin certificates to […]

Fracking Radiation

Radioactive waste produced by hydraulic fracturing or “fracking” is making headlines all over gas land, particularly in North Dakota’s booming Bakken gas and oil field. National news coverage of the scandalous illegal dumping of radioactive filter “socks” there  — on Indian Reservations no less — has led North Dakota’s legislature to consider changes to its […]

“Matryoshka” to shield Mars-headed cosmonauts from radiation

The “Matryoshka”, or as it is also called the phantom, is a simulator of the human body, and for more than 10 years now, has been collecting data on cosmic radiation. The obtained findings helped to create a list of recommendations for cosmonauts. In March, the Matryoshka’s detectors will be updated. Radiation permeates all space, […]